The AFS team is proud to congratulate AFS athlete Grant Hindman on accepting a Division 1 hockey scholarship with Lake Superior State University! The 17 year old reliable defenseman has been working hard with our team for the past 15 months on his explosiveness and strength to prepare him to make the jump from AAA hockey with Little Caesar’s to Junior Hockey with the Janesville Jets of Janesville, Wisconsin in the North American Hockey League. Shortly after making the Jets roster this 2019 season (as one of their y0ungest players) Grant made his commitment to the Lakers.
Before he left for Wisconsin, we caught up with Grant to chat about his AFS experience and his goals moving forward, check out the summary below!
Q. Why did you seek professional help with your training?
A. I came to Applied Fitness to get better. As sports get more competitive, the gap between athletes shrinks and setting yourself apart is key. The program that was created for me was tailored to hockey specific muscle groups. When your workouts are exactly what you need to get better, it makes your training that much more effective. The knowledge that Jared brought to my workouts was exactly what I was looking for.
Q. Was there anything AFS did to help you that you found to be unique?
A. The thing that sets AFS apart for me was the uniqueness of my workout. Many trainers use the same basic exercises for all athletes. Applied is different, each workout you complete is different from those around you. That, combined with the family aspect of AFS makes for a rare and successful environment.
Q. How does your training translate to how you feel and move on the ice?
A. All my exercises aligned with my skating and stride on the ice. Hockey revolves around explosiveness and speed out of a static position. Many of my exercises, if not all, focused on improving that explosiveness.
Q. What are your aspirations with hockey?
A. Simply put, I want to play hockey competitively for as long as possible. Whether or not that’s the NHL, NCAA, AHL, or overseas even, I want to reach the highest level I can and play there for as long as possible.
Q. Is there anything AFS taught you that will help you as you continue your journey?
A. The one thing I will always carry with me from AFS is to appreciate those who are willing to work for you. It can be easy to focus on your own mission, your own work, and your own goals, but what many fail to do is recognize the people who help you along the way. The success I have had couldn’t be possible without Jared and the rest of the AFS team supporting me day in, day out.
Grant added 15lbs of lean mass utilizing a combination of personalized resistance training routines and a commitment to quality nutrition.
Improved broad jump (a measure of lower body explosiveness) by 8.5 inches. His broad jump is currently 108 inches which is only 2 inches behind 10th place from the 2018 NHL combine.
Improved vertical jump (another lower body power measure) by 1 inch... his reading of 27.1 inches would have placed him 2nd at the 2018 NHL combine.
In addition to the measurables listed above, Grant greatly improved his strength. His bench press went up by 60lbs (30% increase)
and he improved his deadlift by 75lbs (25% increase). As those reading this who are familiar with the sport of hockey know, these increases of lean mass and strength would mean nothing if it came at the expense of Grant's stability or speed on the ice. All of his programming was designed to put his safety and "on ice" performance at the top of the priority list.
I'm Grant's Trainer, Jared Freeman
Grant is a rare athlete and human. Few kids his age have a work ethic, attention to detail, and the passion for preparation that Grant has. I like to think any athlete can get these results, and they can, but the important caveat is the athlete MUST want it, Grant wants it. Every action on and off the ice shows that, he doesnt just say it. I was inspired after every session with Grant, he never took a set or rep off which is rare. Grant is going to have a successful hockey career due to his attention to detail and coachability. Even more important Grant will lead a fulfilled and successful life after hockey due to these same character traits. I look forward to working with Grant when he is home and watching his career unfold.
Through 13 games this season, Grant has 1 goal, 6 assists, and a plus 5 rating...Oh, and 33 penalty minutes so maybe we made him too strong for his own good! In all seriousness, it's been an absolute pleasure training such a humble, hard worker.Want similar results?